CRIME

PROBLEM

There is an alarming rise in crime in our City and while we are fortunate that our incredible police force has been able to cope with this new reality thus far, we cannot expect this to continue unless we provide our men and women in uniform with the additional resources that they need.

VERA’S VISION

We need to prioritize hiring additional police officers to protect our City to cope with the increase in crime.  We also need to supply our men and women in uniform with lighter-weight bullet proof vests that will reduce back injuries and spine surgeries.

SUBWAY

PROBLEM

Metro Purple Line is coming to Beverly Hills with two stops in Beverly Hills itself and one adjacent to the City limits.  With the Purple Line will come an influx of tourists and commuters.  However, the City currently lacks a plan to deal with the substantial additional pedestrian traffic.

VERA’S VISION

We should explore the possibility of converting Rodeo Drive over the next ten years into a walking promenade.  This has the potential to make Beverly Hills competitive with the new shopping area with for the revenue brought in by commercial and tourist traffic.

LOCAL BUSINESS

PROBLEM

70% of our City’s income is derived from our businesses. With new renovations to Century City Mall and the Beverly Center, the City risks losing significant revenue to these locations in the future.

VERA’S VISION

We should continue to actively support our Chamber of Commerce, working with our local businesses to see what they need from the City government to increase revenue as much as possible.

RESIDENTS

PROBLEM

The City needs to find better ways of communicating with its residents, who often feel disconnected from City government or are unaware of City events.

VERA’S VISION

Beverly Hills residents are wonderful, committed people, who have a great deal to contribute.  We need to provide weekly emails or texts to all residents and businesses, timely informing them about upcoming events and issues.

WELCOME NEW RESIDENTS

PROBLEM

New City residents often lack any real connection to Beverly Hills government or the myriad of services that Beverly Hills provides.

VERA’S VISION

Beverly Hills should provide a welcome package to all new residents, including all local papers, and coupons to local business.  This will foster a connection between new residents and the City, as well as having the potential of increasing sales for our local businesses.

LOCAL ENTERTAINMENT

PROBLEM

We have a missed opportunity to increase revenue to our local businesses through a meaningful nightlife.

VERA’S VISION

We need to promote entertainment, comedy, or music at local venues to bring the center of our City to life in the evenings.  Additional events will bring residents and businesses together, promoting City unity and increasing business revenue.

DESALINATION

PROBLEM

Beverly Hills has taken numerous steps to conserve water during the drought over the last few years.  However, one casualty has been our lawns and City medians.  Why should the City look as if it is in a state of disrepair, simply because we are doing our part to conserve?

VERA’S VISION

In the short term, we can look at replacing the grass on our medians with succulents or cacti, which take far less water to maintain.  However, we should also explore the possibility of partnering with ocean-side communities to create a regional desalination plant.  While this is a long-term solution through 2045, our drought is a long-term PROBLEM and we must be a regional leader striving to end this crucial issue that affects us all.

SCHOOLS & INFRASTRUCTURE

PROBLEM

Beverly Hills High School is aging and in dire need of repair.  Our students and the community need to have proper facilities to enable our schools to provide our youth with top educational opportunities.

VERA’S VISION

We need to allocate additional funds to repair and revitalize Beverly Hills High School.  Our youth are our most important resource and we need to provide them with the tools (and facilities) they need to make the most out of life.